Sunday TV Ratings: ONCE UPON A TIME Slips; BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and MULANEY Tick Up

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TV ratings are in for Sunday, October 12th, though as per usual CBS’ preliminary numbers aren’t useful due to NFL overrun.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • ABC’s Frozen-infused season of Once Upon a Time continues to do fairly well, but this week’s episode slipped 21% to a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 7.73 million viewers.  Resurrection fell 30% to a series low 1.4 rating and scored 5.47 million viewers, while Revenge tied its series low with a 1.2 rating and 4.59 million viewers for a drop of 14%.
  • Over on Fox, things are looking up after last week’s dire performanceThe Simpsons was up 65% versus last week with a 3.3 rating and 7.34 million viewers.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine rose 31% to a 2.1 rating and 4.52 million viewers, and new comedy Mulaney (it’s really not that bad!) was up 10% to a 1.2 rating in the demo and 2.19 million viewers.

New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Character Posters Featuring Legolas, Thorin, Tauriel, Bard, and Thranduil

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Warner Bros. has been releasing a new Hobbit poster every day for some time now, so we figured now was a good time to round up the latest The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters in one convenient location.  The concluding installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy will no doubt feature a battle of epic proportions as the title suggests, and indeed Thorin (Richard Armitage) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) look pretty roughed up in their posters.  The elves, curiously, don’t have a scratch on them.  Then again, when you’re as pretty as Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, and Evangeline Lilly, it’s hard not to look good no matter the circumstances.

Take a look at the latest The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters after the jump.  The film also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Benedict CumberbatchThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 17th.

Jai Courtney Calls TERMINATOR: GENISYS a “Reset” for the Franchise; Says You Don’t Have to Have Seen the Previous Films to Understand It

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Much has already been said about the nature of the upcoming Terminator film, Terminator: Genisys as it relates to the franchise as a whole.  It features new actors playing the already existing roles of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), John Connor (Jason Clarke), and Danny Dyson (Dayo Okeniyi), but it also features the return of Arnold Schwarzengger as the titular machine.  It has previously been described as not exactly a reboot but not necessarily a sequel either, and one imagines it involves a heavy amount of time travel given the age of John Connor.

Steve recently spoke with actor Jai Courtney in anticipation of his upcoming film Felony, and the discussion turned to Terminator.  Courtney said he’d actually describe the film as a “reset”, adding that if someone hasn’t seen the first two Terminator films they wouldn’t be completely lost when watching Genisys.  Additionally, the actor discussed the prospect of reprising his role in future sequels.  See what he had to say after the jump.

Fox Orders Six Additional Episodes of GOTHAM Despite Producers’ Tight-Planning for a 16-Episode Season

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Fox is staying in the Batman business for the foreseeable future, but it may require some serious tweaking to the currently airing first season.  The network announced today that it has given the prequel series Gotham a full season order, picking up an additional six episodes of the drama to bring the season one total to 22 instead of 16.  However, when Steve recently asked executive producer Danny Cannon at New York Comic-Con what would happen if Fox increased the season order from 16, he sounded less than enthusiastic about the prospect:

“We’re aiming at 16 [episodes] right now and we have two other seasons figured out if they care to give us the go ahead.  Once the ball started rolling on all these characters, and Commissioner Gordon’s journey and Bruce Wayne’s journey, once we figured that out we spread it out to fit those 16.  If they were to change the order, we would have an emergency meeting.”

Regardless, Fox no doubt wants to take advantage of Gotham’s popularity by extending its first season—especially in light of low ratings for a lot of the network’s other series.  Hit the jump to watch Cannon’s comments on the notion of an extended season and to read the full press release regarding Gotham’s full-season order.  The show airs on Fox Mondays at 8pm ET/PT, with tonight’s installment poised to introduce Arkham Asylum. 

JOHN WICK Directors Talk JOHN RAIN TV Series Starring Keanu Reeves; Planned as 10-Episode Seasons That Will Bring an Unseen Level of Action to TV

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Outside of the film festival circuit, it’s rare that a movie kind of comes out of nowhere to suddenly pop up on everyone’s radar, because in this day and age nearly every project is being tracked by someone during development or production.  But that’s kind of what happened with John Wick, the upcoming Keanu Reeves-fronted revenge thriller that is drawing enthusiastically positive notices from early screenings.  Stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch make their directorial debut on the film, drawing from their extensive experience in the stunt world on films ranging from 300 to Speed Racer.  I imagine the duo will be enjoying heavy interest about upcoming projects once John Wick opens in theaters on October 24th, but they actually already have one high profile project in active development: a TV series adaptation of Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series Rain, starring Reeves, that they will produce.

Steve recently spoke with Stahelski and Leitch at the press day for John Wick, and during the course of the conversation the duo also talked a bit about their plans for Rain.  They confirmed that they’re developing the project at the moment with plans to take it out to networks shortly, and revealed that it’s envisioned as short 10-episode seasons on “high brow cable”.  Moreover, they want to bring a level of action to the small screen that’s never been done before.  Read on after the jump.

CITIZENFOUR Trailer: Revealing Documentary Provides First-Person Account of the Edward Snowden Leak

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Radius-TWC and Participant Media have released the first Citizenfour trailer for director Laura Poitras’ (The Oath) documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA leak.  I honestly wasn’t aware of this film’s existence before today, but it looks to be an absolutely riveting and revealing look at the events that lead to Snowden leaking confidential NSA documents.  Poirtras was contacted anonymously by Snowden in January 2013 about the files he was about to leak, giving her unprecedented access to what exactly went down.  The film debuted at the New York Film Festival last night to highly positive reviews, with THR calling it “revelatory”, Indiewire describing it as “bracing”, and The Guardian going so far as to say it’s a “victorious film [that] shows Snowden vindicated.”  Moreover, the pic apparently offers shocking new details about how high up the chain the spying program actually goes.  I’m incredibly curious to check this one out myself, and this first trailer does a fantastic job of teasing without revealing.

Watch the first Citizenfour trailer after the jump.  Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, the film is slated to open in theaters on October 24th.

BLACK SAILS Season 2 Trailer Released; Starz Orders Third Season of the Pirate Drama

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Black Sails fans have something to celebrate.  Today Starz unveiled the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer and also announced that it has picked up the series for a third season.  Acting as a prequel of sorts to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, the show revolves around the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens).  Michael Bay acts as an executive producer on the series, but the day-to-day operations are overseen by showrunners/creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine.  The series appears to be an international hit for the pay cable network, as it is airs in 130 countries and territories worldwide.

Check out the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer after the jump.  The 10-episode new season premieres on Starz January 24, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT.  Season 3 will likely debut roughly a year later.

DC Movie Rumors: Brainiac May Be the JUSTICE LEAGUE Villain, Plus SUICIDE SQUAD Lineup Revealed

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While rumors abound about Marvel Studios’ big plans for its post-Avengers Age of Ultron slate, Warner Bros. continues to be focused on really knocking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of the park.  Man of Steel was a commercial success but not the astronomical phenomenon that WB was hoping for, and so their plans for the entire DC Movie Universe are on the line with Dawn of Justice.  The studio laid out (some of) its cards recently when it announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations.  So far the only confirmed upcoming title we have is Justice League, which Zack Snyder will direct after BvS, but Warner Bros. added another film to that roster recently when we learned that Fury director David Ayer is being eyed to helm a Suicide Squad movie.

As production on Batman v Superman comes to an end, more concrete plans are being put together for the future DC Comics movies.  A couple of new rumors have now surfaced from a fairly reputable source, claiming to reveal the Justice League movie villain and the characters that will make up the Suicide Squad team.  Read on after the jump.

First GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TV Show Image Reveals the Team in Animated Form; Debuts on Disney XD in 2015

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Disney has released the first Guardians of the Galaxy TV show image from its upcoming animated iteration of the popular Marvel property.  Well the property didn’t used to be popular exactly, but ever since director James Gunn’s Marvel Studios film smashed into theaters this August, it’s become a bona fide phenomenon.  And Disney certainly knows how to capitalize on interest in all things GotG while we await the 2017 feature film sequel.  The animated spinoff will premiere as part of the Marvel Universe block on Disney XD sometime next year, and the first image of these animated iterations has landed online.  Everyone looks quite similar to their movie counterpart aside from Drax, who appears to have gone through a minor redesign.  Regardless, I’m sure young Guardians of the Galaxy fans will be eager to catch the team in weekly installments on the Disney spinoff network.  I am Groot.

Hit the jump to check out the first Guardians of the Galaxy TV show image.

JOE DIRT 2 to Debut Exclusively on Crackle; David Spade Returns

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The Ballad of Joe Dirte will continue.  Crackle announced today that production will begin next month on Joe Dirt 2, a sequel to the 2001 comedy starring David Spade as a trailer trash bumpkin who sets out in search of his parents, who abandoned him when he was a child during a trip to the Grand Canyon.  Spade reprises his role in the follow-up, which is the first ever made-for-digital sequel to a feature film.  As much as I want to hate this idea (and believe me, I do), I can’t deny that I kind of like Joe Dirt.  It’s incredibly stupid, yes, but it came on the heels of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy and The Waterboy, and I was still firmly on Team Happy Madison at the time of its release.  Also, space peanuts.  More after the jump.

OBLIVION Director Joseph Kosinski to Helm True Crime Drama THE TRIALS OF WHITE BOY RICK

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Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski is looking to step out of the sci-fi realm.  The visually-gifted director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion has become attached to direct the true crime story The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures, per THR.  Based on a story by Evan Hughes published in The Atavist last month, the film will tell the true tale of Rick Wershe, a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s who rose to prominence on the predominantly black East Side as a prolific cocaine trafficker by the name of “White Boy Rick.”  Hughes uncovered the truth of Ricky, which was that he was working as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA while becoming one of the biggest drug dealers in Detroit.  More after the jump.

Thursday TV Ratings: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Tops the Demo; GRACEPOINT, VAMPIRE DIARIES, and A TO Z Slip

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TV ratings for Thursday, October 9th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Fresh off a full-season pickup, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder was the highest rated scripted program of the night with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.71 million viewers, which is down two tenths from last week.  Judging from its record-breaking DVR performance, expect that number to go up even further in the Live+3 ratings.  Elsewhere on the network, Grey’s Anatomy dipped two tenths to a 2.4 rating and 8.41 million viewers and Scandal (read Allison’s recap here) slipped four tenths to a 3.0 rating and 9.5 million viewers.
  • Fox’s Gracepoint (read Allison’s recap here) was down three tenths in week two to a 0.98 rating and 3.91 million viewers, while Bones was even with last week’s 1.5 rating and scored 6.28 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Bad Judge matched last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 5.2 million viewers, A to Z dropped two tenths to a 1.0 rating and 3.64 million viewers, and Parenthood was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 4.26 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries garnered a 0.7 rating and scored 1.65 million viewers, which is down two tenths from last week.  Reign was even with a 0.4 rating and 1.12 million viewers.

Jennifer Jason Leigh Lands Female Lead in Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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With production set to begin almost exactly two months from now in Colorado, Quentin Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on his cast for his Western The Hateful Eight.  It now appears that Tarantino has settled on his female lead, and it will be none other than Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Synecdoche, New York actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.  The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard in Wyoming, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.  The Wrap reports that Leigh will be playing the character of Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder who is due to hang for her crimes.  The role was played by Amber Tamblyn during Tarantino’s live-read of the script.  More after the jump.

FOCUS Trailer: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Are Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released the first Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming “comedy-caper-love story”.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  I’m not exactly sure what to make of the film from this trailer.  It’s much more dramatic than I was expecting from its description as a comedy caper, and there seems to be a heavy amount of weight to the proceedings.  It’s too early to tell if the chemistry between Smith and Robbie is solid, but I imagine the quality of the film hinges on that fact alone.

Watch the first Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Jake Gyllenhaal Pitches to Rene Russo in New NIGHTCRAWLER Clip, Plus New Images

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Open Road Films has released a new Nightcrawler clip from director Dan Gilroy’s upcoming psychological thriller, which was one of the best films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath who plunges into the depths of filming gruesome footage for local news, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  The film has shades of Network and Taxi Driver, and you’ll get a little taste of the former in this new clip that finds Bloom pitching himself to a late night network news producer played by Rene Russo.  Their relationship in the film develops in delicious fashion, and I can’t wait to see the movie again when it opens on Halloween.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler clip as well as some new images, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, and Kevin RahmNightcrawler opens in theaters on October 31st.

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